Chris is Chief Executive of Pennon Group Plc, a leading UK environmental infrastructure company covering the water and waste management sectors.
Chris has extensive experience of the regulated business environment and has a comprehensive understanding of the water industry, serving on the Boards of Water UK, British Water and the Institute of Water. Chris was previously a Trustee of the international charity, WaterAid and was also a senior diplomat in Japan.
Hakeem Ogunniran, a Lawyer, Chartered Governance Practitioner and Arbitrator, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eximia Realty Co Ltd. Mr Ogunniran possesses extensive knowledge and experience in property development, investment, fund raising and housing finance. He is a recognised expert on housing development and infrastructure related issues in Africa.
He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Lagos Building Investment Co Plc. He was at various times a Law Lecturer (University of Lagos) Company Secretary Legal Adviser and Chief Executive Officer of two major organisations including UACN Property Development Company Plc. He was named one of the Top 20 CEOs on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2013
Diana is a Professor of Global Urbanism, Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. She undertook the role of CEO of the African Cities Research Consortium in 2020, a six-year program funded by FCDO aimed at addressing complex challenges in Africa’s evolving cities and fostering productivity, equity, and inclusivity. Her research revolves around urban poverty and inequality, with a focus on urban poverty reduction initiatives, collective action by marginalised groups, and critical topics like urban basic services, tenure, and housing. Formerly, she led the Global Development Institute as Managing Director.
A former Chair of Homeless International, she has extensive experience academically and strategically, as well as in governance roles, within the urban housing and development sector in the Global South. She is editor of Environment and Urbanization, a widely read academic journal that address key issues related to urban development in the global South.
Board Trustee and Audit Committee member
Victoria has been a Partner in Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP for the past 20 years specialising in social housing, charity and third sector governance for housing associations, local authorities, and other social housing providers. Her expertise encompasses governance, contractual, constitutional, and regulatory matters, and she possesses substantial experience in advising on strategic initiatives, structural changes, and diversification within the social housing sector, including charity law.
Victoria’s notable projects span group structures, mergers, diversification endeavours, urban regeneration projects, major property developments, joint ventures, and collaborative working arrangements. In recognition of her experience and expertise, Victoria is ranked as a Leading Individual in social housing law by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories.
Ranil De Silva
Board Trustee and Audit Committee member
Ranil is a Senior Finance Executive and a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 23 years’ experience working across Australia, Africa, Europe, and North America in the Commercial, Professional Services and NGO sectors.
Ranil is currently the Chief Financial & Operating Officer at CARE USA and is accountable for a $900 million portfolio expanding over 45+ countries.
Prior to joining CARE in 2021, Ranil had an extensive career at Save the Children International, most recently as the Interim Chief Financial Officer for Save the Children Norway. During that period at Save, he was accountable for a multi-billion $USD operational and reporting portfolio within a complex, globally federated entity comprising 30+ member organisations and 60+ country operations. He also spent 3 years in Africa, in a field-based role in Nairobi, Kenya as the Regional Finance and Support Services Director for East and Southern Africa, where he was accountable for 15+ different country offices.
Ranil spent most of his early and mid-career in Senior Finance roles in Chartered Accounting Practices and Investment Banking in Melbourne, Australia.
Ranil is very passionate about eliminating poverty, advocating for human rights, humanitarian work and generally improving the NGO sector to be agile and add value to communities through strong governance and leadership. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Board Trustee and have experienced many roles in UK, USA and Australian Boards. On a personal level, Ranil is a sporting enthusiast and enjoys playing golf and riding. His passion for exploring the world has led him to immerse himself in over 80 countries and their diverse cultures.
Board Trustee and Audit Committee Chair
Currently the Chief Financial Officer of Optivo, Sarah started her career as an external auditor with BDO Stoy Hayward, before specialising in social housing.
Sarah is the Vice Chair of the NHF’s SORP Working Party and sits on the ICAEW social housing sub-committee. She retired from the Board of Lewisham Homes in October 2019 having served for 10 years, where she also chaired the Audit & Risk Committee. Sarah now sits on the Board of Dolphin Square Foundation.
Board Trustee and Green City Homes Chair
Now retired, Steve worked for nearly four decades in international banking across Asia-Pacific, South America, Europe and the Middle East, a career that culminated in his role as Chief Executive Officer of Barwa Bank, an award-winning Islamic financial institution based in Qatar.
Green City Homes (Committee Member) and Board Trustee
Dhaval is the founder or Ashray Impact and Director of Affordable Housing at Anant National University. His areas of interest are housing policy, financial inclusion, and urban sustainability. He has set up the Department of Affordable Housing at AnantU and the urbanization vertical for the Center for Emerging Market Solutions at the Indian School of Business. He is a Visiting Fellow at Artha Global a visiting faculty at the Centre for Environment Planning and Technology. Previously he co-founded First Home Realty Solutions, an affordable housing company that was a pioneer in the affordable housing space in India. FHRS worked on solutions in various capacities across Southeast Asia and Africa. He also co-founded We-Build, a platform for self build homes.
He is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter and Habitat for Humanity International, and a strategic advisor to Mahatma Phule Renewable Energy & Infrastructure Technology Limited, a Government of India undertaking.
Freddy has 15+ years of experience in investment and consulting in the banking and finance sector in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, BRIC countries and in Central and Eastern Europe. His core competencies cover design and implementation of strategies and investment concepts, project management, business development as well as fundraising.
He has a global network of contacts with lenders, investors, public entities, and donors. Other capabilities are a proven ability to mediate between public and private sector and excellent intercultural competence.
Ian has been working at the interface between private sector effectiveness and public good for over 25 years.
Ian spent 16 years at the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) where he progressed to Head of Private Sector Development managing a multi-billion $ impact investment portfolio. Ian was Chief Strategy Officer for Crown Agents before joining Reall as CEO in 2018. Ian was named in a list of Top 20 Dynamic CEOs of 2020 by The CEO Publication, was named Cause4s Social Entrepreneur of the Month, August 2021 and a Meaningful Business 100 winner in 2022.
Ian has lived and worked in numerous countries across Africa and Asia. He now resides in London with his wife and two teenage children.
Mewahib is an international development practitioner with over 20 years experience overseas and in the UK spanning various sectors across humanitarian, early recovery, post-conflict reconstruction and development. She brings skills in programme development, business development, institutional funding and resource mobilisation having worked in various funding roles including most recently as Head of Institutional Funding for Oxfam GB and prior to that, leading programmes and business development teams for the British Council in Sudan, Sub-Saharan Africa and for the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund.
As Director of Programme and Business Development, Mewahib is playing a strategic leadership role to support Reall’s growth in the full range of revenue streams through boosting collaboration and innovation in our approach. This includes brokering and maintaining strategic relationships with existing and prospective funders to support delivering Reall’s mission of a green affordable homes revolution.
Lucy has over 16 years of experience in international urban development, sustainable cities and affordable housing, and has spent over a decade of her career at Reall.
She played a key role in shaping Reall’s evolution from grant-giving NGO to commercial, market-focused innovator and investor.
At Reall, Lucy is responsible for positioning Reall as a global thought-leader, crowding in actors and resources, addressing market barriers and catalysing climate-smart housing markets that work for people on low-incomes. This includes the first publicly-accessible data dashboard sharing market intelligence and data on Reall’s housing investments, pioneering research and innovations in the climate, fintech and proptech space and strategic collaborations with players such as the UN.
Patrick is a CIMA qualified accountant with extensive experience in financial management, investment and international development, with a particular focus on impact investing in emerging markets.
A multi-linguist investment professional, he started his career in finance at British Telecom in 1998. Over the following decade, he worked for a real estate consultancy firm, in investment banking at JPMorgan and RBS. He also helped setup a micro finance bank in DR Congo in 2009.
Naa is a Certified Expert in Sustainable Finance with over 8 years of international development experience managing and coordinating market shaping and development projects in various sectors, including affordable housing financing, economic development, financial inclusion, climate, and education.
As Climate and Green Buildings Lead, Naa’s role focuses on leading Reall’s climate-smart build portfolio and works to drive the organisation’s capacity to transform emerging markets as a thought and practice-leader in green affordable homes.
Naa holds a master’s degree in Globalisation Business and Development, a Diploma in International Management, certification in Participatory Design for Development and recently completed her EDGE Green Buildings Expert training.
With over 14 years working in HR, Craig is a dynamic and commercially focused senior manager who has delivered cross-sector impact and demonstrated an innate adaptability to meet new business priorities and goals.
Craig is committed to delivering a high quality HR service to meet demand, and has built extensive talent in leadership, change management and employee relations.